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    Default Tack Shops in London, England

    I have a weekend to spend in London. Any english tack shops worth visiting? Prefer an eventing flair if possible.
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    ^Harrods....if you want to spend 5 times more than you would anywhere else in the UK, let alone the US. Honestly though, if I only had a weekend in London I wouldn't be spending it in tack shops...
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    Agreed. My dad's from right outside London and I've spent a lot of time there over the years, and don't think I've ever set foot in a tack shop. There is SO much else to do there, and you're not going to find much that you wouldn't find over here, and certainly not for a better price given the dollar vs. Euro. If I were set on shopping London, I would make a beeline for River Island, Accessorize, and MANGO -- three of my favorite (human) shops that aren't common in the US! Actually, what am I saying... why are you even shopping?? Check out all of the historical places and tourist stuff. It's well worth it, and unique to the city, versus any tack shops you may find.
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    Hello?! Go to the British Museum or the National Gallery!! Two of the most amazing collections in the world! (I'm a total art history nut!)
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    If you DO go to a tack shop (which you shouldn't...I would so be running my feet off doing other things...screw the horses for once!), want to pick me up a pair of britches that I can't get in the US??



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    I went to the only tack shop I could find listed in London and while it was a decent shop, it was nothing to write home about. I just don't think there's much in central London.

    But you can visit the Royal Stables, including carriages and horses. When I toured it there were some young royals having a riding lesson in the indoor arena!
    http://www.royal.gov.uk/OutPut/Page556.asp


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    Don't bother buying anything from the tack shops in London it will cost three times the price of everywhere else. If you are really after some great English products go on line to http://www.robinsons-uk.com/content/...t.asp?id=54.:D I am lucky when I go home to England my dad puts the order in a week before and I just get it from him. Its great to have access to great British products.
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    If you just want to windowshop - Harrod's is really fun for the semi-odd experience of having a tack-store (not to mention everything else) in a Department store. Take the trip up to Wallsall if you can, plenty of saddlers and saddle shops up that way.



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    Moss Bros - Picadilly - agreed, pricey



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    Quote Originally Posted by KayPink View Post
    Hello?! Go to the British Museum or the National Gallery!! Two of the most amazing collections in the world! (I'm a total art history nut!)
    I went to school down the street from the British Museum. Actually had a class IN the British Museum. It was so cool!

    Harrods is expensive but is a fun place to go look (for tack and other stuff). When I was living there, I bought Harrod's brand saddle soap as presents for my riding friends. It wasn't too expensive.

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    ditto on the museums. seriously, your only spending going to spend wayyy too much $. i ride in the UK, we buy everything in the states. if your just looking for lookings sake, go to Harrods. only because its crazy in there. then go to the Royal Mews, totally cool. - only after checking the museums- British, Natural History and the V&A. the war museum is also worth seeing. take a good look around the parks, Green is my fav. also remember that the British love their horse sports- check out the paper for horse things going on close by- is Cheltnam over? if you can go watch, it will blow your mind. its not far outside of the city and i think you can take the Oxford Tube, its a bus.

    you only have a week. so not long enough, run your
    A** Off try to see as much as possible. good luck. safe travels.
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    The lonely track shop in the center of London is very small and disappointing IMO. I've been to tack shops outside of London that were great but they are difficult to get to unless you are a transit expert/have a car and you can save tonnes of $$$ if you plan accordingly. For instance when ever I am over there I buy may favorite pikeur breeches as I can find them for ~150.00 Canadian instead of the 300.00+ that they sell for at home. Just look for European brands that have high import duties on the North American end. And check on line pricing for comparison before hand.

    I was once at Harrods during one of their big sales and I found a bunch of pikeur breeches marked down 50%. So I scooped up the pair in my size and when I went to pay they told me the sale marking was a mistake and they would not sell them to me!!! I understand that this behaviour is against the law in Britain as it is in Canada but I couldn't get anywhere arguing with the 12 yo sales boy and no one else would talk to me. I was sooo disappointed that I didn't get the steal of a deal.

    ps If your in the market for custom boots London has several very fancy boot makers (big $$$).



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    Quote Originally Posted by mcm7780 View Post

    Harrods is expensive but is a fun place to go look (for tack and other stuff). When I was living there, I bought Harrod's brand saddle soap as presents for my riding friends. It wasn't too expensive.

    Have fun!
    I was going to suggest this too - I bought hoofpicks with the Harrods name on them as gifts for my horsey friends. Whenever I'm in a city with an Hermes store I buy the $20 saddle soap for gifts too! It's different, and fun to bring back something affordable for your friends.
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    A bit off topic but talking about tack in a department store, many years ago, Gimbels, in down town Pittsburgh had a tack shop way in the back of the second floor. For a horse crazy kid, on our rare trips to town, I would force my mom to take me up there. Top of the line stuff for sale for the then considerable fox hunting and riding folks from Sewickley, Rolling Rock, Westmoreland hunts. Ethel Chubb ran the place and moved it to Sewickley village when Gimbels gave it up. Fond memories of the smell of new leather!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey View Post
    The lonely track shop in the center of London is very small and disappointing IMO. I've been to tack shops outside of London that were great but they are difficult to get to unless you are a transit expert/have a car and you can save tonnes of $$$ if you plan accordingly. For instance when ever I am over there I buy may favorite pikeur breeches as I can find them for ~150.00 Canadian instead of the 300.00+ that they sell for at home. Just look for European brands that have high import duties on the North American end. And check on line pricing for comparison before hand.

    I was once at Harrods during one of their big sales and I found a bunch of pikeur breeches marked down 50%. So I scooped up the pair in my size and when I went to pay they told me the sale marking was a mistake and they would not sell them to me!!! I understand that this behaviour is against the law in Britain as it is in Canada but I couldn't get anywhere arguing with the 12 yo sales boy and no one else would talk to me. I was sooo disappointed that I didn't get the steal of a deal.

    ps If your in the market for custom boots London has several very fancy boot makers (big $$$).
    I go to London on occasion and I ususally rent or borrow a car and after so many years, I can finally use mass transit pretty well . We are usually around Kew Gardens or in other parts of Richmond. Where are the tack shops you mention here? We go out and about a lot when we are there.

    By the way, when you argued with Harrods, did you tell them you are American? LOL

    To OP: On the shopping, the dollar is finally reasonable against the pound right now, so that will help if you want a souvenir piece of tack! I'd spend time again at the We Will Rock You musical if you like rock music and Queen. It's very entertaining.



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    W. H. Giddens and Schneider's, which are two amalgamated shops. Giddens is the tack store and Schneider's makes some of the world's best boots (he supplies the Queen and the Household Cavalry). Both are on the web and are located just behind Savile Row. But bring a big, fat wallet.

    Oliver Brown's sells WONDERFUL old-fashioned whipcord breeches and the like. Also moleskin and Bedford cord. Luscious! Bring another big, fat wallet.

    If you can get out of town and drive out near Winchester (about 1.5 to 2 hours from London), go to Sutton Scotney and visit my personal favorite, Calcutt's. Fantastic selection, good quality, and, best of all, a HUGE used/consignment area for both tack and riding clothes. I've bought several Harry Hall hacking jackets for a song and put together a hunt bridle for about $26! Bring a much smaller, thinner wallet! Maybe the wallet that is left after you visit the other shops mentioned above ...

    I think Calcutt's also is on the web. Have fun!



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    London isn't exactly known for tack shops

    Forget Harrods!

    One of my staff was bought a gift of a riding crop from Harrods and it turned out to cost £40. In typical country-girl blunt style, she told him we got them for £1.10 wholesale!!!

    There's MUCH MUCH better things to see if you're in London and if you've got an urge to go buying horse tack, then go on line and buy some
    http://www.rideaway.co.uk/index2.php...2882&page=shop

    Its the capital city and not known for equestrianism. Though if you really want to do something "horsey" whilst there then a trip to the Royal Mews is on most touristis "to do" list.

    Or else a ride in Rotten Row, Hyde Park
    http://www.hydeparkstables.com/
    though again it's about the worst place you could possibly ride in the UK and you'd be much better going a little further out of the city and say to Windsor or Ascott in Buckinghamshire.



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    have to agree with thomas,

    london is about shopping and night life, ie museums, stage shows, cinemas casinos
    madam tussaurs is of dury lane, ie wax works dury lane shaftbury avenue and covent garden
    all hold theatres and are with easy walking distance covent garden is the one which houses the royal opera house
    if you fancy a swim in the middle of london then there oasis at the top of tottenham crt road opposite the casino haha
    if you arriving via victoria then tube dark blue line to oxford street bond street its 2 stops up green park then oxford street, if coming via liverpool station line then red line ie central line to oxford street maps are in tubes anyways
    harrods is in regent street and so is liberty's
    have all major high street stores in both regents street and oxford street,and go right along to marble arch which it doesnt take long to walk it,and from there you could walk to and see buckingham palace you can either walk from victoria street station to buckingham palace the embankment is where big ben is and the houses of parliment and further up is the tower of london
    and is on the northern line on the tube the black one
    all kinds of shops in and around london and the , tube is easy to follow,

    i doubt to be honest you will have time to think neddies if only for a week end
    also has lots on nightclubs in and around liester square
    cant miss piccadilly which where swiane adney briggs is or lilly whites as eros is stuck right in middle and trafaulgar square near charing cross and aldwich has the lions watch the pigeons dont feed them you will shat on

    the london eye ie huge big wheel where you see and eat and drink is on the other side of the water next door to st thomas hosptial kind off at waterloo
    if your staying at gorvenor house hotel then your just above hyde park and round the corner from oxford street and a tad dwon from marble arch



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